Hibernal Vinifera Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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Hibernal Vinifera StoutHibernal Vinifera Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak Aged Foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grape juice.

Added by JMBSH on 12-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
276
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
28
For Trade:
1
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Photo of nphillips
2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sickeningly sweet, over-carbonated, and way too thin to be enjoyed by this stout enthusiast!

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of humpty1602
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Azpittil57
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of timlyon
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of dankabier1
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexFields
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell is sweet, mildly roast chocolate malt, smells somewhat of lactose though I don't know if there's actually any lactose here. Not really noticing the grapes.

Taste is a little more subdued, I get the lactose flavor again, grapes are present here but only a little, typical range of stout flavors, nothing extraodrinary.

Carbonation is good but the feel is a little thin, fine but not great.

Pretty good beer, nothing special, not as unique as I hoped given the fruit addition.

6.6/10

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of blakelive784
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz can served in a Pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - pours a non translucent midnight black color with four fingers of light tan, bubbly head. Retentions is awful, but somewhat excusable given the high ABV. Appealing but generic.

S - Roasted malt is the star. Artificial grape and light bitter chocolates. Strangely, it works well. Seems sweet. Cream and light caramel are buried in there. Mild in strength. I'm curious....

T - The grape is surprisingly restrained. It's a little welch's like, but it counters the bold roasted malts and coffee. The malt overshadows the grape throughout. Bitter near the finish. Really well balanced . I like it. It'd work better, though, if it had red wine notes instead of artificial juice. No alcohol comes through.

M - Too thin and over carbonated for the style. Missing the full body and creamy mouthfeel.

D -Hides its ABV well and is built well. I'm surprised at this one. With some work, it could be great.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, best by 4/13/13. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy light brown head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and some vinous dark fruit.

The flavor is acidic roasted grains, some sweet dark fruits and chocolate, a little oak, and some vinous alcohol leading to a bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin and watery.

Overall, an interesting fruity roasty foreign export stout.

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Photo of Birmz
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterNic
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Motor oil, dark tan 1 finger head

Smell- Chocolate, some roastiness, vanilla

Taste- Huge hop flavor at the front of the tongue, middle dark bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, bourbon notes, finish is bitter, roasty, dry coffee

Mouthfeel- Full-bodied, motor oil thickness

Overall- Overall, this is an excellent imperial stout. I don't pick up any of the malbec grape juice, but I think that's a good thing. I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Seabass1964
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Hibernal Vinifera Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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